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Florida's Vickery Creates US Open Memories

September 2, 2013 09:44 AM
By Colette Lewis, USTA Florida junior tennis columnist
 
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Sachia Vickery (photo: Colette Lewis, zootennis.com)
August was quite a month for Miramar's Sachia Vickery, who won both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 18s National Championships in San Diego and with those victories, wildcards into the main draw of the US Open.
 
The top seed in San Diego by virtue of her WTA ranking of No. 229, Vickery met doubles partner and fellow Floridian Allie Kiick in the final. Kiick, a finalist in the 2012 18s National Championships, took the first set, but Vickery came back to post a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory.
 
"It feels unbelievable. It hasn't sunk in that I'm going to be playing at the US Open," Vickery said after the match. "It's been my dream since I started playing tennis. I can't even put it into words how happy I am."
 
Vickery had already collected one US Open main draw wildcard in San Diego when she and Kiick, the second seeds, beat 2012 US Open junior champions Taylor Townsend and Gabby Andrews, the top seeds, 6-3, 6-4 to win the doubles title.
 
The 18-year-old right-hander had never played a main draw match on the WTA tour until she took on qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but the lack of big-stage experience didn't hinder Vickery, who recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the first round.
 
Although she and Kiick lost their first round doubles match at the US Open in three sets, and Vickery dropped her second round singles match to qualifier Julia Glushko of Israel, there's no doubt August 2013 will be a month to remember for her.
 
 
 
 

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